The 12 gaming trends for 2024 that will shake things up

Gaming trends for 2024; game characters on a fireworks background
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Putting aside the fact 2024 will be dominated by GTA 6 trailers, leaks, news and rumours, and before I get started on video game trends for 2024 specifically, we need to glance back at 2023 and the sheer turmoil that has occurred, to put next year into context.

The past 12 months have been some of the most tumultuous ever seen in the games industry. Microsoft finally managed to close its acquisition of Activision Blizzard, which at $68.7 billion is by far the largest ever takeover in the games industry, instantly handing Microsoft the rights to huge franchises such as Call of Duty, Diablo, World of Warcraft and Candy Crush.

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Lewis Packwood
Video games journalist

Lewis Packwood has been writing about video games professionally since 2013, and his work has appeared in The Guardian, Retro Gamer, EDGE, Eurogamer, Wireframe, Rock Paper Shotgun, Kotaku, PC Gamer and Time Extension, among others. He is also the author of Curious Video Game Machines: A Compendium of Rare and Unusual Consoles, Computers and Coin-Ops (White Owl, 2023).

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